Hi, Everyone. It’s Frank.
I was honored when Nicole asked me to guest blog for her today. Let me start by saying that my sister’s blogging shoes are way too big to fill, so I won’t even try. I’ll just do my best to keep you informed and speak from the heart.
In that spirit, on behalf of our entire family, let me start by saying thank you to everyone who continues to support Nicole, Steve, Steven and all of us during this time. So many people have offered their prayers, their time, their resources and their talents … and we are forever grateful.
Nicole went into surgery at about 11 a.m., and she was the same pillar of strength, faith, hope and love that she has been through all of this. Just before the nurses ever-so-patiently asked the small army of supporters she has here to leave so they could transport to the O.R., we were teasing her about the fact that even while being prepped for surgery, she was responding to Facebook posts, texts, etc. We told her we were going to hack into her Facebook account and posts fake updates from her as if she were awake for the procedure. Things like: “Doctors just finished with the first boob” … “these drugs are reeeeeaaaally good” … “Ouch! Just kidding. ;o)” If laughter is the best medicine, please know she got a heavy dose just before heading into surgery.
Everyone we have encountered this morning at the hospital has been wonderful. Clearly, Nicole is in very good hands. The surgery is expected to take at least 6 hours, and Jen will give us updates throughout the day.
I will be back again later with updates and additional thoughts. Until then, know we appreciate all the prayers, love and energy you are sending Nicole today. Keep ‘em coming! :o)